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  • National Arts Centre 53 Elgin Street Ottawa, ON, K1A Canada (map)

July 16 - 7:30pm
July 18 - 2:30pm

OPERA ON THE AVALON
Judith Yan, Conductor
Glynis Leyshon, Director

Andrew Love, Thomas Nangle
Gordon Gietz, Archbishop Roche
Lara Ciekiewicz, May
Adam Fisher, Edward
Thomas Goerz, Field Marshall Haig
Aaron Sheppard, Charlie Whitten
Aaron Durand, Arthur Murray
Bradley Christensen, Michael Kennedy
Ryan Downey, John King
Cheryl Hickman, Thelma
Brittany Cann, Elizabeth Crowley
Mike Daly, Recruiter

On July 1, 1916, Newfoundland became victim to one of the most devastating losses of the First World War. During the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel, at the beginning of the Somme Offensive, in just a matter of minutes, thousands of young men were ruthlessly mowed down while attempting to drive back German soldiers on the Western Front. "More than 800 Regiment soldiers clambered out of the trenches and ran towards enemy lines. Famously, just 68 were able to answer roll call the following day." (Julie Skinner, CBC News)

Ours, composed by John Estacio and playwright Robert Chafe, tells the story of Catholic priest Thomas Nangle and his roll in helping locate and bury those who died in Beaumont-Hamel. 

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Earlier Event: December 6
FANTASIA ON CHRISTMAS CAROLS